The Catholic University of America

Freshman Language Placement Guide 2017-18

Welcome to CUA!  This guide will help you determine your language placement for the fall semester of 2017.  We recommend that you read the entire guide prior to deciding which course you need.

Greek placement

If you have not studied Greek previously, enroll in GR 101, Elementary Greek I.  If you have studied Greek and wish to explore the possibility of placement above GR 101, please contact the department.

Latin placement

If you have not studied Latin previously, or if you have done so but wish to study Latin again from the beginning, enroll in LAT 101, Elementary Latin I.  Otherwise, consult the charts below to determine which Latin course you should enroll in.  If you have taken an AP Latin Exam or the SAT Latin Subject Test, use Chart 1; if you have not taken either of these tests, use Chart 2.

Chart 1: Using the AP and SAT II Latin Exams for Placement

Exam and score
Placement

Any AP Latin exam: score of 3 or below

Latin 101
Any AP Latin exam: score of 4, with the score reported to CUA
Latin 103
Any AP Latin exam: score of 5, with the score reported to CUA
EXEMPT from the university language requirement.
Students wishing to continue may enroll in an advanced Latin course beyond the intermediate level.
SAT Latin Subject Test: score below 600
Latin 101
SAT Latin Subject Test: score of 600-690, with the score reported to CUA Latin 103
SAT Latin Subject Test: score of 700 or above, with the score reported to CUA EXEMPT from the university language requirement.
Students wishing to continue may enroll in an advanced Latin course beyond the intermediate level.

 Chart 2: Using Years of Previous Latin Study or the Freshman Latin Test for Placement

Years of study
Placement

1 or 2 years of high school Latin

Latin 101 or freshman Latin test
3 or more years of high school Latin (including full senior year), with a grade of B (3.0) or above in the first semester of senior year
Latin 103 or freshman Latin test
Prior informal self-study
Latin 101 or freshman Latin test
Homeschooling
Latin 101 or freshman Latin test

Taking the freshman Latin test for placement

The department's freshman Latin test will be offered online during the summer of 2016.  Request access to the exam by sending an email from your CUA email account to cua-greek-latin@cua.edu, with the words "Freshman Latin Test" in the subject line.  You will receive a message back containing notice that you have been admitted to the online exam site, together with instructions and a password for taking the test.  After your exam has been graded, you will receive an email message indicating your placement in Latin 101 or Latin 103, or your exemption from the language requirement.  Please feel free to contact the department at cua-greek-latin@cua.edu if you have any questions.

Please note that the departmental "Latin placement exam" that you may see described elsewhere on this website is not the same as the "freshman Latin test."  The Latin placement exam is used for non-freshman students (including graduate students) who are interested in Latin coursework at CUA, and so it is not related to the test that you will take.

But what if I want to register for my courses before my freshman Latin test results are back?

You have two options in this situation:

1.  Register for four courses only and wait for the test results before going back into the system and registering for Latin.
2.  Register for all five of your courses, with one of those being LAT 101.  Upon receiving placement results, if a different Latin course is needed, drop LAT 101 and add the other course.

If I wait on registration, will the classes I need fill up?

Quick answer: other CUA courses might, so you should always register for them as early as possible!  But Latin will not leave you out.

This is because the department makes sure that there is enough room in our Latin courses for all of the students who might need them.  If you are taking LAT 101, you might not always be able to select which time of day you take it, but there will be space for you in the course.  If time of day is important to you, you should register for LAT 101 sooner rather than later and then change to a different course if your test results place you higher.

Some last pieces of very important advice . . .

The Department of Greek and Latin cannot contact you to invite you to take placement tests, or to "check" that your language placement process is completed and you are in the correct course. The department does not have information on what language you took in high school or have studied previously. New students must identify themselves and, if they need exams, contact the department in order to be tested and placed.

If you have not completed the placement process before the start of fall classes, you may miss meetings of the language class you actually belong in.  It is your responsibility to settle your placement before fall classes begin. The department will of course assist you if unforeseen circumstances mean that you must complete placement during the first week of classes, but for the sake of your language development and your academic work, you should try to avoid this situation.

Please note that fall language placement may, however, be changed during the first week of class if you believe that you have been placed at the wrong level.  If your assigned class feels far too easy or far too difficult for you, begin by consulting your current Latin or Greek instructor immediately.  He or she will discuss the situation with you and refer you to the appropriate departmental adviser to consider changing courses or taking placement tests or exams, if needed.